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Oh, no... I really didn't realize... March 2008~360lbs.

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As I endeavor to lose 196 pounds, I know that I MUST trust God above all else, including my own best efforts! I CAN do all things through Christ who strengthens me!

"Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help, who rely on horses, who trust in the multitude of their chariots and in the great strength of their horsemen, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel, or seek help from the Lord." Isaiah 31:1

Member Since: 1/11/2007

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My Goals:
My ultimate goal is to obey God in regard to my body. 1Corinthians 6:19 and 20 say, "Do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore, honor God with your body."
As for more concrete goals, I hope to get back to the weight I was when I met my wonderful husband Scott. When we met in 1997, I was only 175 pounds, which didn't look bad on my 5'11" frame. Since then, my weight has literally doubled! My top weight was 358 pounds in January of 2008. I had already lost 65 pounds, but have gained back all of it and more! I will plow ahead one success at a time. Thanks to you all for taking this journey with me!

My Program:
I'm really excited about SparkPeople, but the bottom line is the same for all of us; eat less and exercise more. There is no magic formula or miracle cure. Changing a lifetime of bad habits is never easy, but I know that God will give me strenth and courage as I try to obey Him. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
Try as I might, I can't seem to implement a consistent exercise program, probably because I hate exercise!
Those of you who pray, pray for me. I need it!!!

Personal Information:
I'm a 37 year old mother of three. I have one son, Aaron, who is 17, and two daughters, Arissa (13), and Kennedy (9). I have a wonderful, supportive husband, Scott. I'm very artistic, and love to paint, read, write (hopefully a novel), and go to the movies. My favorite movie is Jane Austin's "Pride and Prejudice"! One of my life goals is to (someday) go on an extended trip to Italy! This is one of my (many) motivations to lose all of the weight. I'm very involved in my church, and give all of the glory for my weight loss success thus far to God! I know I couldn't do it without Him!

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"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it." 1Corinthians 10:13
Proof that I have a choice! God keeps His promises, and I CAN choose not to eat that second helping, or that dessert, even if everyone else is. I've been given victory already, thanks to Jesus's sacrifice on the cross. I will be strong and courageous!

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    Welcome to Sparks. There are a lot of helpful people and resources here. I think you will find much support on your weight loss journey. If you need anything, just pop over to my Spark's page and I'll be happy to help anyway I can.
    God Bless,
    5186 days ago
    By all means (you can add me as your friend)...It is great to know that we have an advocate going before the Lord interceding on our behalf!!!! I need it. :)
    I am grateful to have stumbled upon Spark People as well and even more grateful for having found Christian groups within the site and people like you who believe in Jesus Christ and not just believe in Him but people who are living holy lives before Him; whose goal is to present their bodies a living sacrifice holy and acceptable unto him--(which is our reasonable service). And naturally speaking, what better way to present our bodies as a living sacrifice than to get it healthy so that he can use us to the maximum. He can't use us if we're sick and unhealthy. So, with all that said I will had you to my friends list as well (you're the first)...that way I will remember to pray for you daily and I ask that you do the same for me.

    5195 days ago
    I've prayed the prayer of faith believing God to give you the strength and the courage you need to continue your diet plan and to lose the desired amount of weight. Remember that you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!!
    5197 days ago
    Hey girl! It is really great to see you. You have made some great progress already. I am so glad Karen shared this information with you. Today is my 1 week ann. on SP and already down 9 pounds. I have been really strict with my program, and it is working for me. I love being accountable to others. Keep up the great work, and it will all fall into place. The info on this site is never ending, and I have found some great exercises that I love right now. Email me and I will give you my phone #. My email is, any time you need me Im here.
    5204 days ago
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    Welcome To Sparkpeople!
    Best wishes on your journey! We CAN do this!
    5206 days ago
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